The Public Administrator may be appointed under the following circumstances:
- When no executor, personal representative or administrator has been appointed and the decedent's property is being wasted, uncared for, or lost;
- When ordered by the Court;
- When an heir nominates the Public Administrator, or the decedent's Will names the Public Administrator as Executor;
- When there are no known heirs of the decedent's estate;
- When an heir who resides outside of the State of California requests the Public Administrator;
- When the named Executor fails to act and no other person has a preferred right.